Best Food Storage to Buy in April 2011

This month we will focus on canned meat. Here is my suggested list of items to add to your food storage this month. These food storage ideas are based on my 3-Month Food Storage Plan. I focus on a three-month supply first, but you could store more.

Utah case lot sales are happening now at Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dick’s, and Smith’s. A case lot sale is when a store sells a case of a product at a substantial discount. Stock up for your food storage! If you are coming this weekend for General Conference, leave some space in your car for a few cases. Look at my Mega case lot sale price comparison list on the right sidebar to compare with Walmart, Costco, Sam’s, etc.

The April List

(Suggested amounts are for 1 adult)
CL = case lot sale, WM = Walmart, LDS = available at LDS Home Storage centers
LT 30 YR= Long-Term shelf life if stored properly. Consider storing a year’s supply.

1. Decide on a monthly food storage budget
2. Choose a few items from the list that you want to focus on
3. Multiply list amounts by # of family members. Adjust amounts and items for younger children
4. Each week look at your grocery store ads for items on sale that match your goals
5. Carry your list with you, or put it on your cell phone notepad

Beef/corned beef 4 cans
Tuna 6 cans
Chicken/Turkey 5 cans
Spam, Ham 1 can

NON-FOOD ITEMS (per family)
Liquid hand soap
Liquid dish soap
Hand sanitizer

72-HOUR KIT (per person)
3 day supply water
3 day supply food

Sewing kit
Work gloves
Crescent wrench
Duct tape
Large flashlight
Solar shower

Food bars
Hand sanitizer
Small lotion

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER Store a 2-Week Supply of drinking water, which is about 14 gallons per person. If you’ve already started this, continue to add to your supply. For drinking, that is about 4×24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles per person. You may need more for hygiene and cooking which you can store in other containers. Always keep stocked up on water. You can’t live without it.

Each week add some money to an emergency fund. Decide on a do-able amount and set up weekly transfers from checking to savings. Or put aside your loose change in a jar. Whichever way you choose to save, use it only for emergencies.

1. Shop at case lot sales
2. Design your vegetable garden
3. Photograph or videotape home contents
4. Replace food packs in your 72-hour kits

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